TAROM, the Romania’s national carrier will introduce nine new ATR 72-600 aircraft. The aircraft will be leased from NAC, with deliveries beginning in October through to 2020.
The upgrade will allow the airline to become equipped with the latest generation of turboprops burning 40% less fuel and emitting 40% less CO2 than regional jets.
The new ATRs will offer TAROM an additional 33,000 seats every year at the same operating cost as its previous seat level, improving short haul connectivity in Romania and supporting development of local and more isolated communities. The aircraft will provide the carrier with the possibility to further expand and consolidate their position in the market.
TAROM CEO Madalina Mezei said: “We have selected the ATR after a comprehensive review of competing aircraft, with the ATR 72-600s demonstrating they are the best aircraft to meet our ambitious targets regarding efficiency, modern technology and environmental responsibility. With this aircraft, we will be able to develop new routes and increase frequency and seat availability, whilst introducing the highest levels of comfort and the latest technology into our domestic network.”
Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR commented: “TAROM is among Europe’s most experienced ATR operators. We are proud to see this long-time customer renew its partnership with the ATR 72-600, the regional aircraft with the best credentials. TAROM made its selection after a vigorous evaluation and in selecting the ATR 72-600 they chose more efficiency, more flexibility and more capacity, for long-term benefits.”
TAROM and ATR have worked together for 20 years, with the Romanian airline operating a fleet of 25 aircraft, including seven ATR 42-500s and two ATR 72-500s which are all to be traded in for the nine, new ATR 72-600s.